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Religious Holidays and Observances

Attached please find a list of Religious Holidays and Observances as of 8/31/17.  Students may request an excused absence to participate in any of the listed events. If any observances are not listed, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at lblanco@unm.edu

The reasonable requests of students, faculty and staff related their observance of holidays must be accommodated.  Please take these holidays and observances into consideration when planning meetings and events.  It is important to understand that reasonable requests can also include observances that are not listed on calendar on this web page.  For example, some Tribal observances are dependent on natural occurrences which cannot be predicted far in advance. In those cases, accommodations would have to be requested by the individual when religious or holiday observances are arranged.  Some of these ceremonies can last for several days.

 UNM policy 2720: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action, prohibits religious discrimination and requires reasonable accommodation of employees and students sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices when requested, unless accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at http://oeo.unm.edu or 277-5251 to receive guidance regarding requests for, or responses to, religious accommodation requests. Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for religious holidays, observances and practices may be regarded as a policy violation.

 Religious Holidays 2017-2018 Academic Year

(Please note that only the holidays which will affect the academic calendar are listed)

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances

Date
Holiday/Observance
Association
September 1, 2017
Eid al-Adah
Patron Saint - St. Stephen
Islamic
September 2, 2017
Acoma
Patron Saint - St. Stephen
Native American
September 4, 2017
Isleta
Patron Saint - St. Augustine
Native American
September 19, 2017
Laguna
Patron Saint - St. Joseph
Native American
September 20, 2017
Rosh Hashanah
Work Forbidden
Jewish
September 29, 2017
Yom Kippur
Work Forbidden
Jewish
September 30, 2017
Taos
Patron Saint - San Geronimo
Native American
October 4, 2017
Nambe
Patron Sainty - San Francisco de Assisi
Native American
October 4, 2017
Sukkot
Work Forbidden
Jewish
October 11, 2017
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Work Forbidden
Jewish
October 18, 2017
Diwali
Hindu
October 20, 2017
Hindu Vikram New Year of Gujarti New Year
Hindu
November 11, 2017
Veteran's Day 
Other
November 12, 2017
Kewa
Patron Saint - Domingo St. Dominic
Native American
November 12, 2017
Tesuque
Patron Saint -San Diego
Native American
December 12, 2017
Pojoaque
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Native American
December 25, 2017
Christmas
Christian
January 14, 2018
Pongal
Hindu
January 23, 2018
St. Ildefonso
Patron Saint -San Ildefonso
Native American
February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday
May mandate attendance at
religious service or Mass
Christian
February 16, 2018
Chinese New Year
Other
March 17, 2018
Nyepi
Hindu
March 18, 2018
Gudi Padua
Hindu
March 18, 2018 
Nav Varsh Samvat or Hindi New Year
Hindu
March 18, 2018
Ugadi
Hindu
March 19, 2018
Cheti Chand
Hindu
March 22, 2018
Saka New Year
Hindu
March 30, 2018
Good Friday
Christian
March 20, 2018
Passover/Pessach
Work Forbidden first two days & last two days
Jewish
April 1, 2018
Easter
Christian
April 13, 2018
Laila al-Miraj
Work Forbidden
Islamic
April 14, 2018
Maha Vishubha Sankranti or
Odia New Year in Odisha
Hindu
April 14, 2018
Pahela Baishakh or Naba Barsha
Hindu
April 14, 2018
Varsha Pirappu or Puthandu
Hindu
April 14, 2018
Vishu
Hindu
April 15, 2018
Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu
Hindu
May 1, 2018
San Felipe
Patron Saint - St. Phillip
Native American
May 15, 2018
Ramadan
Islamic
May 19, 2018
Shavout
Work Forbidden
Jewish
June 13, 2018
Sandia
Patron Saint - St. Anthony
Native American
June 14, 2018
Eid al-Fitr
Islamic
June 25, 2018
Ohkay Owingeh
Patron Saint - St. John the Baptist
Native American
July 14, 2018
Cochiti
Patron Saint - St. Bonaventure
Native American
Ju;y 14, 2018
Kutchi New Year
Hindu
July 26, 2018
Santa Ana
Patron Saint - St. Anne
Native American
August 4, 2018
Kewa
Patron Saint - Domingo St. Dominic
Native American
August 10, 2018
Picuris
Patron Saint - St. Lawrence
Native American
August 12, 2018
Santa Clara
Patron Saint - St. Clare
Native American
August 15, 2018
Zia
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Assumption
Native American
August 17, 2018
Chingam 1
Hindu
Zuni
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Does Not Hold Feast Day
Native American


*Islamic holidays are based on the cycles of the moon; geographic location will determine date/time of celebration

**Jewish holidays last from sundown to sundown

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances